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Diane Paulus on Time magazine’s most influential list

Diane Paulus addressed the company of the ART production of “Witness Uganda.”

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Diane Paulus addressed the company of the ART production of “Witness Uganda.”

Time magazine has named American Repertory Theater artistic director
Diane Paulus to its 2014 list of the world’s 100 most influential people,

it was announced Thursday. In an accompanying essay by actress and singer Audra McDonald , Paulus (inset) is described as “passionate about everything” and “open to the whole experience of theater.” McDonald, of course, won a Tony Award in 2012 for her performance in Paulus’s revival of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.” And last year, Paulus herself won a Tony for her revival of the musical “Pippin.” That was Paulus’s third Broadway show, and all three (the first was “Hair”) earned Tonys for best revival of a musical. Both “Porgy” and “Pippin” originated at the ART. Speaking to the Globe shortly before the news became public, Paulus called the honor “incredible for the American theater” and praised her ART colleagues — actors, staff, donors, subscribers, and others — for helping make it possible. “My crusade has been, ‘When are we going to get out of our little theater bubble and feel like it matters?’  ” she remarked. Now, “it just feels like we’re on the map.” Others listed from the arts world include Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé , director Steve McQueen , actors Matthew McConaughey and Amy Adams , and talk show host Seth Meyers . Among those with local ties: Secretary of State John Kerry , Harvard University geneticist David Sinclair , stem cell researcher Robert Lanza , and former Celtics player Jason Collins .

Joseph P. Kahn can be reached at joseph.kahn@globe.com.

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